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GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 has a clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 855 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M390X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 723 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 240 Watts (192%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 590 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M390X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 168320 (105%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be a little bit (about 19%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14848 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 590 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35136 (152%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 590

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Radeon R9 M390X

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 590 Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 2015
Code Name GF110 Tonga
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 723 MHz
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M390X

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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